A heated exchange took place Tuesday in Parliament’s finance committee meeting when EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu objected to a Treasury representative because he was not an African.

Shivambu objected to the repeated presence of Treasury deputy director-general Ismail Momoniat at finance committee meetings and asked why the African director-general Dondo Mogajane did not appear. He said this undermined African representativeness. Shivambu said in an interview that he did not see why Momoniat attended all finance committee meetings, whether they dealt with the Reserve Bank, tax matters or financial sector transformation. "I think he undermines Africans," Shivambu said. "He does not take the director-general, the finance minister or the deputy finance minister seriously. He thinks he is superior to them. He takes all the decisions and he is always here in Parliament as if he is National Treasury alone. He is supposed to focus on what he is assigned to." Finance committee chairma...

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